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Resources: Embedding anti-racist and representative practices in your arts curriculum

Date Created: 24th Feb 2022

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View resources from and an audio recording of a recent CPD session run by Artswork, focusing on integrating anti-racist and representative practices into arts education.

The session heard presentations from:

  • mezze eade and Romana Flello, Representation in Drama (RInD) Practitioners at the London Theatre Consortium. The RInD initiative supports schools, colleges and universities, theatres and youth companies to embed anti-racism and inclusion in their practice, addresses systemic imbalances in KS3, GCSE, A level Drama and performing arts university departments and supports intersectional anti-racism work happening in UK education settings and theatre companies.
  • Emma Kerrigan-Draper, Headteacher, Mount Pleasant Junior School, Southampton. Mount Pleasant Junior School is an inner-city improving school with 98% of pupils being bi- or multi-lingual. They have built a curriculum to match their context and meet their learners’ needs, including ensuring that their students meet inspirational role models; build cultural capital for their lives in Modern Britain; and recognise themselves within their learning.
  • Reshma Mathurasingh, Co-Head of Drama, Park View School, Tottenham. The students at Park View School are from a very diverse demographic and there are many different languages spoken at the school. One of the school’s objectives is to erase any racism. Reshma is part of the anti-racist group and has been employing and embedding many strategies for the decolonisation of the Drama curriculum.

View a suite of resources, the speakers’ presentations and access the audio recording of the session below.

Audio recording:


RInD – 00:00 – 31:15

Emma Kerrigan-Draper – 31:15 – 42:23

Reshma Mathurasingh – 42:23 – 1:04:50

RInD  – 1:04:50 – end

RInD presentation

Emma Kerrigan-Draper presentation

Anti-Racism and representation resources

Framework for Developing an Anti-Racist Approach (National Education Union)

Developing an Anti-Racism Strategy (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)

Black Literature Timeline

Decolonising Pedagogy and the Curriculum (Rathfern Primary School)

Developing a Representative Drama Curriculum

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in Children’s Literature (Pearson)

Anti-Racist Art Checklist (National Society for Education in Art and Design)

Anti-Racist Resource and Publications Checklist (National Society for Education in Art and Design)

Representative Curriculum Planning document (John Perry)

‘Antigone’ Education Resource Pack

‘A Dolls House’ Education Resource Pack

‘An Evening with an Immigrant’ Learning Pack

‘Anansi the Spider Re-Spun’ Teacher Resource Pack

GCSE Drama New Texts Resources Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Plays for Black Students

Plays for Middle Eastern and North African Students

Plays for South Asian Students

RinD Reading and Resources Links

150 Plays by Playwrights from the Global Majority (RInD)


Anti-racism Drama EDM CPDL Equality and Diversity For teachers Primary Schools Secondary Schools Theatre

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